Adding fuel to the fire, the shirt’s designer, Mark McNairy, tweeted “MANIFEST DESTINY. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST” last Friday in response to customer complaints. He quickly deleted his tweet, but not before a screengrab of it was widely circulated, and then he followed up—three days later—with an all-caps semi-apology.
“Unfortunately, the meaning of my ‘Manifest Destiny’ T shirt has been misconstrued and the sentiment behind it grossly misunderstood,” McNairy posted on Twitter on Tuesday, blatantly disregarding his “survival of the fittest” quip. “I first learned of Manifest Destiny in American History in Junior High School. To me it has always meant that one could set goals, work hard, and achieve their dreams. Having the opportunity to design for the Gap was the realization of one of my dreams. This phrase and they way I used it was in no way meant to be offensive or hurtful, and I apologize to those who might have interpreted it in that manner.”
“We’ve seen many uglyshoes in our day, but a new pair dubbed “Scary Beautiful” is definitely the most treacherousfootwear we’ve ever seen. The massiveheels appear backwards on the foot, so the wearers feet point straight down the back, as if in ballet shoes, with their shin leaning against the front “heel” end of the design to balance. The shoes are a collaboration between artist Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg, and serve as a commentary on today’s impossible standards of beauty.”
“After working in fashion for seven years, and therefore being well aware of the manipulation images in fashion suffer for a perfect result, I still compare myself to them and other current beauty ideals,” Van der Vyver told Yahoo! Shine exclusively. “My frustration with my own inability to overcome these feelings of inadequacy was what brought ‘Scary Beautiful’ into fruition. The shoes formed part of my graduation project that was a result of my thesis. The conclusion of my thesis investigation was that people are not satisfied with what they look like, and that perfection, according to the beauty and fashion standards, has reached a climax. Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection. Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.”
Louis Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2012 had two favorite looks for me. Both were modeled by Xiao Wen Ju.
In 09, I like the skirt, and I find the jacket and beret very playful and interesting.
In 21, I like the color and design of the purse and dress, which match. I love the accessories and the shoes too. The belt matches the eye shadow and the necklace is lovely. I like the medal accent on the shoes. They are very beautiful.
The four preceding optical illusion dresses are by Stella McCarthy and I like them very much. The black sides make for a much more curvy figure than the dress would if it was just in one color. However, I think this dress would look a little out of place in a well-lit room with pale colors. Rather, at night, the black would blend away, making a much more favorable impression. So, at a club or out on the town for a night, I think this would be an amazing dress.
Below, however, is a dress that creates the optical illusion of an hour-glass figure in a different way. I feel it is more subtle and sophisticated. It looks well-suited to Alexis Bledel’s youth.
This is a crazy, crazy purse. I could only imagine Lady Gaga carrying it. But then again, I think she has more class than to sport the crazy Chanel handbag instead of something original.
These are gorgeous Disney bridal dress designs!
“One of the questions I’ve been struggling with is “how simple is too simple?” At what point does a simplistic wardrobe become a boring one? And does it matter?
This week I’ve noticed some of my favorite fashion bloggers paring down, which is particularly noticeable because these two tend to be very flashy, complex dressers. ” – Cate MacDonald at Twenty Pieces: Paring Down
I have seen two grown women wearing sweaters with this on them. Yes, respectfully attired women in all other regards wearing a cartoonish monkey head that seems perfect for the baby-to-pre-school-age child. I live in South Korea. One of them works with me. The other was on the street in the neighborhood I work in.
Other views of the monkey head image: Yes, this is the latest trend in South Korea. I see it already starting.
A pretty similar monkey image was the design for the winter hats from Baskin Robbins last year.
Last summer it was Guess T-shirts. You know, the kind that was popular in the 1990s in the greatest country in the world (hint-the one that made the shared modern world culture you are mostly likely enjoying right now).
I wouldn’t wear a GAP logo hoodie in the states, but they are a popular brand here. You wouldn’t even find a GAP logo hoodie in women’s sizes in the stores in the states. But GAP logo Ts and hoodies are the most popular item from the GAP store here.
Asian fashion is not reliable. And not made for women who don’t need butt pads or padded bras and boob jobs.
Thankfully what comes quickly into style in this small country will go out of style quickly too. I say, by summer there will be a new must-have clothing item for men, women, and children alike. Maybe a penguin face or a farting chicken.